Let’s Talk the prolific Karl Lagerfeld
The passing of Karl Lagerfeld this week was a sad day not only for the fashion industry but also for creators of all kinds. Lagerfeld breathed new life into the iconic design house that is Chanel, securing its place in the closets of all kinds of women; young, old, classic and quirky.
His ongoing masterpieces and breathtaking garments ensured the house never lost touch and remained the most sophisticated, timeless brand ever to be seen.
Saying goodbye to Lagerfeld is saying goodbye to the fashion show as an immersive experience. He constantly paved the way and made every show even more memorable than the last. Even those of us not attending the shows were enthralled by the world of Chanel.
Sometimes a controversial character, he knew who and what he stood for; he was an intriguing and unique man, right until the very end. He was so often extreme, provocative and curious. Lagerfeld made sure Chanel never lost its charm.
What is your first memory of Chanel?
Nearly all of us will have a memory of Chanel albeit our first or recent bottle of No 5, slipping into ballet flats or the 2.5 quilted handbags. Even those of us who do not own a Chanel piece will still understand the charm of the double C’s and the power of the Little Black Dress.
Coco Chanel herself, an impeccable tastemaker, championed elegance and individuality, traits Lagerfeld continued to honour during his reign.
“What Warhol was to art, he was to fashion; he is irreplaceable. He is the only person who could make black and white colourful” Claudia Schiffer perfectly sums up his simple genius and the legacy he has left behind.
His unapologetic style and ability to move and embrace the times will forever send ripples throughout the world of fashion. There can only ever be one Karl Lagerfeld. In the words of Coco Chanel, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different”, which exactly is what Lagerfeld was.
Because of Karl
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